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Outstanding Rural Health Professional

This award is presented to a professional (e.g., manager, administrator, director, legislator, etc.) located in rural North Dakota, who has demonstrated leadership in the delivery of rural health services, and is unselfishly committed to making a significant and sustained impact on the health of their community and service area.

  • 2021 – William McKinnon, MD, Medical Director of Regional Operations for Altru Health System
    Due to COVID-19 and the cancellation of the 2020 Dakota Conference, this award will be presented in 2021.
  • 2019 – Daniel Kelly, CEO/Administrator, McKenzie County Health Systems
  • 2018 – Theo Stoller, CEO of Jacobson Memorial Care Center, Elgin
  • 2017 – Roger Baier, Senior Director, Sanford Mayville Medical Center, Mayville
  • 2016 – Randall Pederson, CEO of Tioga Medical Center, Tioga
  • 2015 – Jeff Lingerfelt, MBA, Heart of America Medical Center, Rugby